SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear tan with a slight ring of a head. The nose is slightly off for me - lots of bourbon-esque notes but little else. Am I gonna be drinking beer here? Notes of bourbon, vanilla, charred firewood and wet tobacco rise from the tulip. The first revels an enjoyable caramel base that is really sweet and a bit of a surprise. I’m guessing a bit of leftover sugars are here to help balance the bourbon onslaught. As the caramel subsides, a rush of vanilla beans and oak take over and ride out into the long, coconuty finish. Hmm, interesting beer but a bit too sweet for me.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to Dickinsonbeer for this one. very short light tan thin foamy head that goes quickly. clear bright golden copper color. aroma is sweet syrupy malt with a bit of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. flavor is light and a bit watery, starting with watered bourbon, and, well, that’s about it. a little bit of grassy sour malt but maybe it’s just sour mash. sourish aftertaste.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the brewery’s standard Kentucky Ale aged in bourbon barrels. The bottle pours a mostly clear amber body with a minuscle head that quickly drops into some spotty lacing. Aroma is mostly straight bourbon, with hints of oak and caramel. Taste has notes of oak, vanilla, caramel, and flaked coconut. The bourbon integrates into the flavor much better than the aroma. Bitterness is more bourbon than hops. Seems a bit thin and even watery at times. Not as nice as the draft version but a pretty good job of bottling this interesting ale.
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow ! Sweet coconut and macaroons! Pours clear copper yellow in color with a nice white head and pretty bubble production. This a full, and I mean full flavored ale. Fruity coconut and macaroon taste with a small sweet dry ending. The Sweet bourbon smoothness lets this brew slide down the gullet. A unique ale that I’d get again.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starting off, I will say I am also a straight bourbon drinker so any rating I do should take that into mind. Poured from a 12-ox bottle with an orange body and a thin white head. Smell of oak and bourbon. Taste of vanilla, sweet malt, bourbon and I thought I could detect just a tinge of caramel. I thought this was a very drinkable beer, and lighter tasting than what I expected.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz thanks to moejuck for sending this to xnoxhatex and sharing with us. Pours a clear copper yellow brown color ... kinda like bourbon. Nose .... kinda like bourbon watered down bourbon that is with salt and a little malt. Flavors .... still ...kinda like watered down bourbon and butter scotch. Next time I’ll just drink the melted ice cubes of my uncles glass after he’s passed out in front of the tv.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. an amber ale in a bourbon barrel...why? nose was very bourbony, vanilla, buttery, and salty. flavor was much of the same, not very sweet, some salt, potatoes, bourbon, vanilla, butter. oh gross. i think i’ve heard of people getting shot for putting a beer like this in a bourbon barrel.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thank you Moejuck for this nice surprise. Third rating today with his name attached to the rating. Light amber color with with little head, and no yeast content. Intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, (potatoes) and malt. Not too much in the flavor but borbon, lasha, all in a very thin bodied beer. Interesting, but just because you throw a beer in a bourbon barrell it doesn’t mean it’s going to be great.
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amber pour with light head and lace. I didn’t get much besides malt on the nose. The flavor has a distinct flavor of bourbon with a light vanilla kicker. A very sweet flavor followed by a tad of bitter on the finish. The carbonation is a bit agressive for me. This is really a pretty good amber. I was surprised to find that it was in fact an amber ale.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from my Brother in law - Pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and some slight hops. Flavor is bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Slight hops at the finish. Palate is fairly smooth and easy to drink. Interesting but really not much better than average.